The Heart of the Game

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Bill Resler was a professor at the University of Washington who had possessed a passionate interest in basketball. Resler decided to put his love of the game to work when he heard that Seattle's Roosevelt High School needed a coach for their women's basketball team. Despite having almost no experience as a coach, Resler landed the job, and soon began making a difference with the team, firing his players up with enthusiasm and encouraging them to think of themselves not as girl basketball players, but as athletes....
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Bill Resler was a professor at the University of Washington who had possessed a passionate interest in basketball. Resler decided to put his love of the game to work when he heard that Seattle's Roosevelt High School needed a coach for their women's basketball team. Despite having almost no experience as a coach, Resler landed the job, and soon began making a difference with the team, firing his players up with enthusiasm and encouraging them to think of themselves not as girl basketball players, but as athletes. Resler's coaching helped to turn a team that usually sat near the bottom of the rankings into serious contenders for a district championship, and produced at least one star player, point guard Darnella Russell. Russell is a gifted player who hopes she can turn her talent on the court into a college scholarship, since her family can't afford to send her on their own dime, but Russell also has a sharp tongue and a short temper that has earned her a reputation as a disciplinary problem. When Russell becomes pregnant, she finds herself fighting to remain in school, and to hold on to her eligibility to play on the team in the future. The Heart of the Game is a documentary which examines Bill Resler's fight to rebuild the women's basketball program at Roosevelt and Russell's battle to stay in the game. The Heart of the Game earned an enthusiastic reception following its screenings at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary; Feature commentary with director Ward Serrill; The Making of The Heart of the Game; Beyond The Heart of the Game - including interviews with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Coach Bill Resler and Darnellia Russell
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This fascinating documentary, reportedly filmed over seven years, focuses on Bill Resler, a University of Washington economics professor whose abiding interest in sports compels him to moonlight as coach for a girls' high school basketball team. Gradually, the energetic coach turns Roosevelt High's perennially losing Roughriders into tournament contenders, mostly by treating his players as if they were males and driving them relentlessly. Resler comes off as an intimidating figure -- at one point he urges the girls, "Sink your teeth in their necks! Draw blood!" -- but he genuinely cares for his youthful charges. The film shifts its focus in the second half to Darnella Russell, a gifted African-American player (one of the team's few) who sees basketball as her best chance for a college scholarship. Her self-destructive behavior and violent temper get in the way, and even Resler's support isn't enough to keep her on track. This part of the story generates unexpected drama and suspense, and makes an already compelling movie positively riveting. You don't have to be a hoops fanatic to find entertainment in this film: There's plenty of "game," but even more "heart."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • UPC: 786936704594
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Voice Only
Darnellia Russell Participant
Bill Resler Participant
Devon Crosby-Helms Participant
Meghan Miller Participant
Jade White Participant
Lindsey Wilson Participant
Mike "Riderman" Silva Participant
Emily Watson Participant
Hillary Seidel Participant
James White Participant
Aaron Jack Participant
Mona Mendoza Participant
Keasha Beard Participant
April Swafford Participant
Maude Lepley Participant
Joyce Walker Participant
Joel Waters Participant
Marjorie Russell Participant
Jerry Ronk Participant
Shannon Costello Participant
Jenny Wild Participant
Alex Jessup Participant
Emiko Harris Participant
Leondrae Morris Participant
Betty Harris Participant
Urika Russell Participant
Leyla Khastou Participant
Tracey Leddo Participant
Secoy Clemmons Participant
Trekayla Clemmons Participant
Kenyon Luce Participant
Malia O'Neil Participant
Mike Colbrese Participant
Kelli Cutright Participant
Mackenzie Argens Participant
Molly Boyd Participant
Colleen Bresee-Woods Participant
Alex Capelotto Participant
Jen Cheun Bouddy Participant
Korleana Davico Participant
Ariel Evans Participant
Alaina Forbes Participant
Breianna Gaines Participant
Tammy Hartung Participant
Johanna Hase Participant
Mattie Hesch Participant
Corry Holme Participant
Libby Jansen Participant
Kimmy Kirkwood Participant
Jamie McIntyre Participant
Laura Mohler Participant
Colleen Mori Participant
Anne Moxon Participant
Betsey Neel Participant
Angela Nefcy Participant
Monica Nelson Participant
Piper Nims Participant
Rachel Nord Participant
Amanda Ostrom Participant
Morgan Patterson Participant
J'Nai Pich Participant
Erin Pursell Participant
Allison Reiman Participant
Anna Sarff Participant
Maggie Torrance Participant
Amber Warren Participant
Jamila Bates Participant
Kaneshia Brooks Participant
Delaney Conway Participant
Nicole Higgins Participant
Anna Johnsen Participant
Laura Kanter Participant
Jazmyne Kendrick Participant
Ashley Knight Participant
Briana Lewis Participant
Ashley Mitchell Participant
Neal Natasha Participant
Mitia Oliver Participant
Lacale Pringle-Buchanan Participant
Kanika Rogers Participant
Brenia Sherrod Participant
Tashara Simpson Participant
Tashara Ticeson Participant
Samantha Tinned Participant
Jessica Tinned Participant
Quanitta Underwood Participant
Laura Washington Participant
Robyn Williams Participant
Chanieka Williams Participant
Technical Credits
Ward Serrill Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter, Sound/Sound Designer
The Angel Score Composer
Bad Animals Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Estes Executive Producer
Eric Frith Editor
Lois Greenberg Associate Producer
David Howe Sound Mixer
Sue Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Liz Manne Producer
Mike McAuliffe Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Palacios Associate Producer
Amelia Stodghill Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Heart of the Game
1. Opening Credits/Coach Resler [4:26]
2. "The Inner Circle" [5:59]
3. "Undefeated Rough Riders" [5:37]
4. Darnellia Russell [5:47]
5. Inspiration From Maude [3:40]
6. "Robo Devon" [5:57]
7. Coach Joyce Walker [3:32]
8. Darnellia Hopes for the Future [6:14]
9. "A Pride of Lions" [11:02]
10. Garfield-Roosevelt Rivalry [5:25]
11. Going to the State Championships [2:33]
12. Darnellia's Academic Woes [4:33]
13. The WIAA [8:29]
14. "Last Chance to State" [4:34]
15. The Championship Game [16:53]
16. End Credits [2:43]
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Disc #1 -- The Heart of the Game
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   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Spanish
      Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Deleted Scenes
         View the Deleted Scenes With Commentary by Director Ward Serrill: On
         View the Deleted Scenes With Commentary by Director Ward Serrill: Off
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         Sam's Toupee
         Jade
         Captain Story
         Bill's Basketball Career
         Chalk Talk - Inner Circle
         April and Marjorie
         Riderman
         Howlin' at the Moon
         Airplane
         Bill's Favorite Sport
         More Darnellia
         More Maude
      Audio Commentary
         View the Film With Commentary by Director Ward Serrill: On
         View the Film With Commentary by Director Ward Serrill: Off
      Making of The Heart of the Game
      Beyond The Heart of the Game
         Interview With Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
         Bill and His Daughters
         Darnellia and Family
         What Happened To
         On the Road With Heart
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Meet the Robinsons
      The Queen
      Déjà Vu
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